Night of Hope offers opportunities for job-seekers

Friday, June 30th, 2017 - Jobs

When Michael Glenn was released from prison nearly four years ago, he didn’t know what to do with his life.

Although he had a criminal history and no education, he was able to get a job making minimum wage. But he knew that wouldn’t be enough to take care of a household.

In January, Glenn was able to get help from Piedmont Technical College’s Ready to Work program as well as prepare to take the GED with the Adult Education program at Genesis.

When he first took the ACT Workkeys test to see where he placed, his scores were low, but after a few weeks in the adult education program, he more than doubled his scores.

Glenn credits his progress to people in his life guiding him to these organizations.

“These people that have mingled in my life have really helped me to exceed a limit now, on the educational level, that I can go out there and be productive as a citizen once again, and by me doing that, that gives other people a chance behind me — the ones that have gave up and have no hope, this is that Night of Hope that you need to be listening,” Glenn said.

Piedmont Tech hosted its first Night of Hope Thursday evening with more than 20 organizations dedicated to helping people overcome obstacles in the way of getting jobs.

Renae Frazier, dean of admissions at the school, helped coordinate the event with Admissions Counselor Darlene Saxon after seeing a need in the community when recruiting students.

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“As we were going out into the community meeting with high school students and then adult students, there are some barriers, and so what this night is about is to show them the services that are available in their community, and a lot of these services are free or minimum cost,” Frazier said.

Organizations ranged from transportation services to financial support to help with criminal backgrounds.

“Everybody’s coming together to sponsor this night,” Frazier said.

For Glenn, he hopes his story will spread awareness about the help available for nontraditional students.

“What I’m trying to do is to get more people that don’t know about this, then I can show you through me,” Glenn said.

Contact staff writer Ariel Gilreath at 864-943-5644 or follow on Twitter @IJARIELGILREATH.

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